The Red Arrows soared past Bankside and Bermondsey this morning to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Europe from the Nazis.
The stunning display saw them skim only 100 metres above Westminster before the nation fell silent at 11am.
Meanwhile, the RAF typhoons flew over Edinburgh, Cardiff, and Belfast.
As part of the country’s #VEDay75 celebrations, we have brought the fly past right to the comfort of your own home.
Thank you for continuing to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. Together, we will get through this.
— Metropolitan Police | #StayHomeSaveLives (@metpoliceuk) May 8, 2020
VE Day flypast by the Red Arrows seen from Blackfriars Bridge pic.twitter.com/rdFzJDJPRh
— London SE1 Community Website (@se1) May 8, 2020
Recognising VE-Day from my rooftop in Southeast London. Loved the flypast of the Red Arrows. Thanks to all those that served. #VEDay2020 #VEDay75 #VEDay @se1 @BBCNews @SalesforceUK @35percent_EAN @MayorofLondon @lb_southwark pic.twitter.com/roCdUGgCNR
— Chris Atwood (@freqflyer) May 8, 2020
— Andy Powell (@MrAndyPowell) May 8, 2020
Even in unprecedented times, the sight of the Red Arrows over London is an uplifting tribute to the sacrifice of the Greatest Generation.
— Ministry of Defence ?? (@DefenceHQ) May 8, 2020
Meanwhile Boris Johnson has shared his VE Day message.
HRH The Queen is due to speak at 9pm tonight – the exact time her father addressed the nation 75 years ago.
— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) May 8, 2020
?This evening, The Queen will make a special address at 9pm, the exact time her father spoke 75 years ago.
? ? You can watch here on Twitter or on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 8, 2020
Organisations and groups across the borough have opened up their archives to help people learn more, and commemorate the anniversary from home.
Millwall FC has gone back in time with its archive images from WW2
— Millwall FC (@MillwallFC) May 8, 2020
And Southwark Heritage has also put together these online resources:
#VEDay in Southwark as described in Southwark at War, an oral history project from @Age_Exchange in partnership with @SouthwarkLibs.
Download the book and explore other #VEDay75 resources at
— Southwark Heritage (@SwkHeritage) May 8, 2020
The Imperial War Museum shares stories from 1945 – in their own words.
“It was all so sad. But there was the other side that was so wonderful.”
— Imperial War Museums (@I_W_M) May 8, 2020